Released on 2002-10-08Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Atoms Of Language

The Atoms Of Language

Author: Mark C. Baker

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465005225

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 902

Whether all human languages are fundamentally the same or different has been a subject of debate for ages. This problem has deep philosophical implications: If languages are all the same, it implies a fundamental commonality--and thus mutual intelligibility--of human thought.We are now on the verge of solving this problem. Using a twenty-year-old theory proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the differences. Languages whose grammars seem completely incompatible may in fact be structurally almost identical, except for a difference in one simple rule. The discovery of these rules and how they may vary promises to yield a linguistic equivalent of the Periodic Table of the Elements: a single framework by which we can understand the fundamental structure of all human language. This is a landmark breakthrough both within linguistics, which will herewith finally become a full-fledged science, and in our understanding of the human mind.
Released on 2008-08-05Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Atoms Of Language

The Atoms Of Language

Author: Mark C Baker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786724567

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 225

Whether all human languages are fundamentally the same or different has been a subject of debate for ages. This problem has deep philosophical implications: If languages are all the same, it implies a fundamental commonality-and thus the mutual intelligibility-of human thought. We are now on the verge of answering this question. Using a twenty-year-old theory proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the differences. Languages whose grammars seem completely incompatible may in fact be structurally almost identical, except for a difference in one simple rule. The discovery of these rules and how they may vary promises to yield a linguistic equivalent of the Periodic Table of the Elements: a single framework by which we can understand the fundamental structure of all human language. This is a landmark breakthrough, both within linguistics, which will thereby become a full-fledged science for the first time, and in our understanding of the human mind.
Released on 2002Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Atoms of Language

The Atoms of Language

Author: Mark C. Baker

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: IND:30000081819033

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

View: 394

Human languages are strikingly different from each other, and also strikingly the same. One of the most indecipherable codes used in World War II was Navajos speaking their native language. Yet the Navajos were able to translate messages to and from English quickly and accurately. This shows that, for all their differences, languages must have a strong common denominator. Linguistic research is discovering that, in spite of the differences among human languages, the underlying rules that form them are virtually identical.
Released on 2007-01-04Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Why We Talk

Why We Talk

Author: Jean-Louis Dessalles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199276234

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 398

View: 679

Constant exchange of information is integral to our societies. The author explores how this came into being. Presenting language evolution as a natural history of conversation, he sheds light on the emergence of communication in the hominine congregations, as well as on the human nature.
Released on 2012-04-26Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Wittgenstein in Translation

Wittgenstein in Translation

Author: Dinda L. Gorlée

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9781614511137

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

View: 926

Apart from the Tractatus, Wittgenstein did not write whole manuscripts, but composed short fragments. The current volume reveals the depths of Wittgenstein's soul-searching writings - his "new" philosophy - by concentrating on ordinary language and using few technical terms. In so doing, Wittgenstein is finally given the accolade of a neglected figure in the history of semiotics. The volume applies Wittgenstein's methodological tools to the study of multilingual dialogue in philosophy, linguistics, theology, anthropology and literature. Translation shows how the translator's signatures are in conflict with personal or stylistic choices in linguistic form, but also in cultural content. This volume undertakes the "impossible task" of uncovering the reasoning of Wittgenstein's translated texts in order to construct, rather than paraphrase, the ideal of a terminological coherence.
Released on 2006-07-04Categories Computers

Natural Language Processing and Information Systems

Natural Language Processing and Information Systems

Author: Christian Kop

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783540346173

Category: Computers

Page: 234

View: 483

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB 2006, held in Klagenfurt, Austria in May/June 2006 as part of UNISCON 2006. The book presents 17 revised full papers and 5 revised short papers, organized in topical sections on concepts extraction and ontology, ontologies and task repository utilization, query processing, information retrieval and dialog processing, and NLP techniques.
Released on 2018-12-03Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Aspects of Linguistic Variation

Aspects of Linguistic Variation

Author: Daniël Olmen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110607963

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 286

View: 716

Linguistic variation is a topic of ongoing interest to the field. Its description and its explanations continue to intrigue scholars from many different backgrounds. By taking a deliberately broad perspective on the matter, covering not only crosslinguistic and diachronic but also intralinguistic and interspeaker variation and examining phenomena ranging from negation over connectives to definite articles in well- and lesser-known languages, the volume furthers our understanding of variation in general. The papers offer new insights into, among other things, the theoretical notion of comparative concepts, the social or mental nature of language structure, the areal factor in lexical typology and the diachronic implications of semantic maps. The collection will thus be of relevance to typologists and historical linguists, as well as to people studying variation within the areas of cognitive and functional linguistics.
Released on 2017-02-09Categories Literary Criticism

Literary Theory: The Complete Guide

Literary Theory: The Complete Guide

Author: Mary Klages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472592767

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 322

Bringing together Mary Klages's bestselling introductory books Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed and Key Terms in Literary Theory into one fully integrated and substantially revised, expanded and updated volume, this is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone entering the often bewildering world of literary theory for the first time. Literary Theory: The Complete Guide includes: · Accessible chapters on all the major schools of theory from deconstruction through psychoanalytic criticism to Marxism and postcolonialism · New chapters introducing ecocriticism and biographies · Expanded and updated guides to feminist theory, queer theory, postmodernism and globalization · New and fully integrated extracts of theoretical and literary texts to guide students through their use of theory · Accessible coverage of major theorists such as Saussure, Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Cixous, Deleuze and Guattari and Bhabha Each chapter now includes reflection questions for class discussion or independent study and a cross-referenced glossary of key terms covered, as well as updated guides to further reading on each topic. Literary Theory: The Complete Guide is an essential starting point for students of critical theory.
Released on 1993-04-01Categories Body, Mind & Spirit

Perfect Health - Accept No Substitutes

Perfect Health - Accept No Substitutes

Author: Elwood Babbitt

Publisher: Light Technology Publishing

ISBN: 9781622337057

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page:

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For the first time ever, the world's most respected names in the medical and scientific communities speak through trance-medium Elwood Babbitt addressing health and lifestyle issues critical to today's society. Dr. Wilhelm Reich, Einstein, Dr. Royal Rife, and Dr. Seymore Weiss, who previously worked through Edgar Cayce and other entities, offer their expert opinion on topics including AIDS, abortion, dieting, homosexuality, nutrition, religion and the purpose of life.
Released on 2005-11-24Categories Foreign Language Study

Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Author: Tobias Reinhardt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0197263321

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 524

View: 296

These twenty essays examine continuity and change in the language of Latin prose, from its emergence to the twelfth century AD. Issues debated include traditional distinctions between primitive archaic and sophisticated classical Latin, and between superior classical and inferior Silver Latin. A broad range of Latin authors are covered, including Caesar and Cicero, Bede and William of Malmesbury. An extensive introduction traces the volume's recurring themes - the use of poetic diction in prose, archaism, sentence structure, and bilingualism. The diversity of approaches makes this an essential handbook for all those interested in Latin language and literature.